Dec 8, 2016

Meet Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world’s first 10-nanometer server processor


The world of datacenters is changing. There are four powerful forces that are fundamentally reshaping the datacenter landscape.

First, the way servers are purchased and consumed is changing dramatically as a result of cloud computing, and this is reflected in the momentum of cloud adoption that continues to gain versus traditional enterprise IT. The latest IDC data suggests that by 2020, almost 50% of the IT spend or deployments will be cloud-based. Second, this migration to a cloud model has also created a major power shift in the supply chain, with mega datacenters sourcing server platforms directly from ODMs. Third, most datacenter software is based on open source software projects. This enables Qualcomm, as well as other ARM ecosystem partners, to work within these open source projects to implement support for ARMv8. Last and most important, the pace of manufacturing process evolution is now being driven by mobile as opposed to PCs. Over the past few years, as PC volumes have declined, mobile volumes have exploded past 1.4B units per year — providing a powerful incentive for foundries to drive faster to next-generation process nodes.

Our expertise and experience has helped Qualcomm lead the way in this new world. Back in August, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated, introduced Qualcomm Centriq, a new family of ARM-based processors, to address the needs of today’s datacenter. A little over a year after seeding the industry with early prototypes, we’re taking it a step further. Today, we’re excited to announce the Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world’s first server processor built on a 10-nanometer process node.

This revolutionary processor is purpose-built for performance-oriented datacenter applications. As the first in the Qualcomm Centriq product family, the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series has up to 48 cores. It features a Qualcomm Falkor CPU — our custom ARMv8 CPU core that’s optimized for server-class workloads. The Falkor CPU is the result of generations of CPU design expertise combined with talent from throughout the server industry.

We understand the importance of a healthy software ecosystem in the datacenter. As such, Falkor was designed from Day 1 to be SBSA compliant, which ensures that software that runs on any ARMv8 server platform would also be able to run on a Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based server platform (and vice-versa).

Earlier this week, I spoke at an industry event where we demonstrated our new processor. Our software development platform ran a typical datacenter application configured with Linux, Java, and Apache Spark.

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor is now available for sampling for select customers, and will be commercially available in the second half of 2017.


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